and if you pass the big drug companies' bill, nothing will happen. >> all right. another health question, it comes from vickie french, and it's for you, vice president gore. vickie french, where are you? oh, there she is. >> we spend billions of dollars every year on taxes, or pay billions of dollars in taxes. would you be open to the idea of a national health care plan for everybody? and if not, why? if so, is this something you would try to implement if you are elected into office and what would you do to implement this plan? >> i think that we should move step-by-step toward universal health coverage, but i am not in favor of government doing it all. we've spent 65 years now on the development of a hybrid system, partly private, partly public, and 85% of our people have health insurance, 15% don't. that adds up to 44 million people. that is a national outrage. we have got to get health coverage for those who do not have it and we've got to improve the quality for those who do with a patient's bill of rights that's real and that works, the dingle-norwood bill, and we have got to fill in the gaps in coverage by finally bringing parity for the treatment of mental illness, because that's been left out. we have got to deal with long- term care.